Following the footsteps of Avalon Coastal Retreat two years ago, a string of luxury self contained villas have recently opened on Tasmania’s rugged coastline, including The Winged House at Table Cape and Black Rock Retreat outside of Penguin. The latest is The Peninsula. Perched in the middle of a forested peninsula overlooking D’Casteraux Channel, the blood-plum hundred- year-old house sleeps six in three king-sized bedrooms. There is an open plan living room boasting Tas Oak timbers and whole tree trunk beam, wood fired heater, Italian style kitchen, coffee machine, wine rack stocked with bottles from the nearby Huon Valley and spacious six-person spa bath on the deck. But the real reason to come here is to revel in the views- more than 250 degrees sweeping across to nearby Bruny Island. During the day, hit the properties walking tracks which meander down to private beaches, coves and private fishing spots, then at night watch for the nocturnal animals- wallabies, bandicoots, wombats- when they come out to play.

Dover, Tasmania; +61 362981441; www.peninsulatas.com; from $1050 for a two night minimum stay